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March 03, 2003
111Pages 007-012

I know, I know, this is a very strange name for an entry. Numbers and letters and not very descriptive. Hmm, here are the items 7-12 of the little book I started posting yesterday. I originally wanted to post three images per day, but when you look at the third drawing in this post then it would really look like the odd kid out, while now, with six drawings posted, it becomes part of a series.
The first drawing is of a tree in Murray hill. Looking out of the same back window of a brownstone that had a view onto the Chrysler building, I noticed this tree in the backyard, the furniture. This early in the book, I was still trying to stay close to the items depicted, at least in spirit, so it is not very difficult to recognize the individual items here. The dark object on the page is not a bug. It is a little leaf that was added to the book later, by either me, or a kind reader. As much as I like how comment here start a little conversation not even about the things presented, it is even more fun to actually pass on a book and then add things to it. I will write about this more later... there are certain projects that focus exactly on this sort of collaboration.
The second drawing, "Fire, fire.." was drawn on 23rd street and 6th Avenue. The company I worked for at that time had their offices in the Masonic building there, a very magical structure with hidden rooms and incredible amounts of detail. The offices were quite the opposite of ornamental. The ceilings had been stripped and the air-ducts and all the installation was exposed. I must have looked up to the ceiling and needed to start another drawing session with something I could somehow grasp. Once done with this drawing, I looked out the window. The views from the office were quite spectacular. We saw much of midtown looking north. The third drawing here, this skyscraper with the corners on the roof is 1515 Broadway right on Times Square. It is where viacom sits, and Mtv and VH1. THe building on the right hand side of this page is 4 Times Square, the Condé Nast Building, the home of the New Yorker, and Wired. See next drawing. I really like the look of this skyscraper. It looks as if it were broadcasting some important messages at all times. Portions of the façade of the building are made out of photovoltaic cells. This sounds like a very environmentally sound thing to do with a building, but at the same time this is also the building that has attached to one of its corners the huge NASDAQ sign. On the right hand of this drawing is the Empire State Building. The two buildings are actually not as close to each other in reality. Still roughly in the same direction, still very beautifully visible from the corner of 23rd and 6th. The next drawing contains another really famous building that happens to be closer to Grand Central, I think. I am not sure however. How can we find out. The last of the drawing, the one with King Kong, a plane and the time, it was 6:45 PM is of the building that sits on top of Madison Square Garden. Madison Square is on 23rd and 5th. This is where the original Madison Square Garden was. (In the north east corner of the park?) So it was nice to see the next MSG from almost the location of the old one. On the other hand, many New Yorkers probably wish this skyscraper had never been built. It marks the location of the old (and now the current) Penn Station. The story of the old Station is a very sad one. Let's hope that the story of the New Great Pennsylvania Station will be. It looks interesting, doesn't it? It will be built onto the Current main Post office. Where is this in the drawing? Pretty much where you see King Kong. ; )


these older pieces are far more abstracted

Posted by: em!ly on March 3, 2003 09:13 PM

Yes, which makes me a bit sad. I look at some of the drawings in the book and they are just really good. I mean they are like pretty good drawings by a different person. My head must have been somewhere else. And I would like to get back there, but keep my experience. I wonder if it is possible. I hope it is. I really like some of the thinking recorded in some of the drawings. There are some really good ones ahead. (And some bad ones as well, of course.)

Posted by: witold on March 3, 2003 09:29 PM

(they're great but i like the newer ones better.
static isn't good for anybody.)

Posted by: em!ly on March 3, 2003 11:32 PM

is that image moving.. its beautiful..

Posted by: k on March 4, 2003 12:56 PM

the image in the header... the color horizon up top..

Posted by: k on March 4, 2003 04:18 PM

Oh, I see... do you know the number?... there are 51. : )

Posted by: witold on March 4, 2003 04:27 PM
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